by shelley reinhard
Question: I'm having trouble naming my characters. I want something unique and different. Any advice would be much appreciated.Answer:
If you want an unusual name, but still one that is traditionally a name in some culture, you might try baby name sites or random name generators (the Scrivener software program for writers has a good random name generator).
If you want a totally unique name, perhaps for a fantasy culture, you might try ...
1. Taking real names and spelling them in unusual ways.
2. Taking real names and swapping a few consonants. (Or do the same but with vowels.)
3. Taking real names and swapping some of the syllables with other names.
4. Look for really old names in historical documents -- 1,000-year-old names, for example. Then change them a little as in #2 or #3 above.
5. Take unusual surnames from a phone directory and make them into first names.